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Teenage Pregnancy

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many conceptions and what (a) rate and (b) percentage of conceptions there were for (i) under 18-year-olds and (ii) under 16-year-olds in each (A) strategic health authority area, (B) local authority area and (C) primary care trust area in each quarter from 1998. (295888)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Jil Matheson:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many conceptions and what (a) rate and (b) percentage of conceptions there were for (i) under 18 year olds and (ii) under 16 year olds in each (A) strategic health authority area, (B) local authority area and (C) primary care trust area in each quarter from 1998. (295888)

Figures on conceptions are estimates based on the number of live births, stillbirths or legal abortions. They do not include miscarriages and illegal abortions.

Table 1 provides numbers of conceptions to women aged (i) under 18 by (B) local authority district, for each quarter from 1998 to 2007 (the most recent year for which figures are available). Quarterly figures on conceptions to women aged under 16 are not published in order to protect the privacy of individuals. Rates and percentages by local authority district for each quarter could not be provided without disproportionate cost.

Table 2 provides (a) numbers, (b) percentages and (c) rates for conceptions to women aged (i) under 18 and (ii) under 16 for (A) Strategic Health Authorities for each year from 1998 to 2007.

Table 3a provides (a) numbers and (b) percentages for conceptions to women aged (i) under 18 for (B) local authority districts for each year from 1998 to 2007. Table 3b provides (a) numbers for conceptions to women aged (ii) under 16 for (B) local authority districts in three-year aggregated groups from 1998 to 2006 (the most recent year for which figures are available). Figures on conceptions to women aged under 16 are not published for local authority districts in order to protect the privacy of individuals. To protect the privacy of individuals, some cells in the tables have been suppressed or geographies collapsed in accordance with ONS guidelines on confidentiality. Details are given on the relevant tables. Further figures could not be provided without disproportionate cost.

Table 4 provides numbers of conceptions to women aged (i) under 18 by (C) primary care organisation for 2007, the only year for which figures are available. Further figures by primary care organisation could not be provided without disproportionate cost.

A copy of the tables has been placed in the House of Commons Library.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many pregnancies there were where either the mother or the father was aged (a) 13 and under, (b) 14 or 15 and (c) between 16 and 18 years in each of the last five years. (296491)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated October 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many pregnancies there were where either the mother or the father was aged (a) 13 and under, (b) 14 or 15 and (c) between 16 and 18 years in each of the last five years. (296491)

Figures on conceptions are estimates based on the number of live births, stillbirths or legal abortions. They do not include miscarriages and illegal abortions.

The table below provides the number of conceptions to women aged (a) under 14, (b) 14 or 15 and (c) 16 to 18 years for England and Wales for 2003 to 2007 (the most recent year for which figures are available).

Figures on conceptions by father's age are not available.

Conceptions1 to women aged (a) under 14 years2 , (b) 142 or 152 years and (c) 16 to 182 years, 2003-2007: England and Wales3Numbers

Age of women at conception

(a) Under 14 years

(b) 14 or 15 years

(c) 16 to 18 years

2003

334

7,690

60,748

2004

337

7,278

61.956

2005

327

7,603

62,439

2006

295

7,531

62,436

2007

369

7,831

63,748

1 Figures on conceptions are estimates based on the number of live births, stillbirths or legal abortions. They do not include miscarriages and illegal abortions.

2 Age at estimated date of conception.

3 Women usually resident in England and Wales.